Red Hen Press at The Broad Stage
Don’t miss the series of performances at The Broad Stage – The Edye, hosted by Red Hen Press! Witness music and poetry come together to create one seemless and breathtaking afternoon in Santa Monica. Come to enjoy the readings of multiple Red Hen poets, a California Poet Laureate and numerous highly-accomplished musicians premiering inspired pieces for the first time in Los Angeles.
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
July 9th, 2017 at 4:00 PM- An Evening of Poetry and Performance
Music and literature come together on July 9th at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica to create a breath-taking performance featuring poetry from Red Hen poets Brendan Constantine and t’ai freedom ford, as well as the Los Angeles premiere of IMAGINATION DEAD IMAGINE, a setting of Samuel Beckett’s text composed by Michael Roth, featuring Quartet Nouveau.
Please visit IMAGINATION DEAD IMAGINE’s indiegogo campaign page to support its production:
About the performers:
Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Hollywood. His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably Ploughshares, FIELD, Zyzzyva, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, ArtLife, PANK, and L.A. Times Best Seller, The Underground Guide to Los Angeles. His first book, Letters To Guns (Red Hen Press 2009), is now required reading in creative writing programs across the nation. His most recent collections are Calamity Joe (Red Hen Press, 2012) and Dementia, My Darling (Red Hen Press, 2016). He is currently poet in residence at the Windward School and adjunct professor at Antioch University. In addition, he regularly offers classes in hospitals, prisons, shelters, and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.
t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem Fellow and Pushcart Prize nominee. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Ivy, The Brooklyn Review, Bronx Biannual and Kweli. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, No, Dear, The African American Review, Vinyl, Muzzle, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. In 2012 and 2013, she completed two multi-city tours as a part of a queer women of color literary salon, The Revival. In 2014, she was the winner of The Feminist Wire’s inaugural poetry contest judged by Evie Shocklee and is a 2015 Center for Fiction Fellow. She is the winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO). Her first poetry collection, how to get over was published by Red Hen Press in Spring 2017.
Michael Roth is a composer, musician, music director, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, pianist, and sound designer who has created a body of work that encompasses chamber music, music for film, new and experimental opera and music/theatre, music for dance, work with Randy Newman, work for PBS and Disney, and especially music and sound design for theatre, having worked on over 250 productions at major theatres throughout North America, including Broadway, off-Broadway, as a resident artist at both South Coast Repertory (57 productions) and La Jolla Playhouse (35 productions) in California, and at the Stratford Festival in Canada. Michael is a founding board member of the new THEATRICAL SOUND DESIGNERS & COMPOSERS ASSOCIATION, a spokesperson for FINALE notation software, was a fellow at the 2011 Sundance Composers Lab and the 2013 Baku Humanitarian Forum, and has also composed for UCLA International Medicine and the UN. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan.
Quartet Nouveau is an adventurous new San Diego based all-female string quartet that has earned a reputation as an exciting emerging group known for their energizing and deeply emotional performances. The quartet has embraced an eclectic philosophy in their programming, their members being New Music specialists who perform, in addition to the standard quartet repertoire, many lesser known works, world premieres, even jug-band music. They are the ensemble in residence with the California Chamber Orchestra, and, perhaps most important, are dedicated to sharing their music with as wide-ranging an audience as possible, including a recently acclaimed performance at the San Diego Rescue Mission.
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December 10th, 2017 at 4:00 PM – Poetry Through Voice
About the performers:
Douglas Manuel was born in Anderson, Indiana. He received a BA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and a MFA from Butler University where he was the Managing Editor of Booth a Journal. He is currently a Middleton and Dornslife Fellow at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. He was a recipient of the Chris McCarthy Scholarship for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and has been the Poetry Editor for Gold Line Press as well as was one of the Managing Editors of Ricochet Editions. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rhino, North American Review, The Chattahoochee Review, New Orleans Review, Crab Creek Review, Many Mountains Moving and elsewhere. His debut poetry collection, Testify (Red Hen Press, 2017) is now available for purchase.
Elise Paschen is the author of The Nightlife, Bestiary, Infidelities (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), and Houses: Coasts. As an undergraduate at Harvard, she received the Garrison Medal for poetry. She holds M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker and Poetry, among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies. She is the editor of The New York Times best-selling anthology, Poetry Speaks to Children, and co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, among other anthologies. She is a member of the Osage Nation. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is a co-founder of Poetry in Motion, a nationwide program which places poetry posters in subway cars and buses. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute and lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children.
Eric Whitacre is a Grammy-winning composer and conductor and one of the most popular musicians of our time. His concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 110 different countries. A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, Eric was recently appointed Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale having completed a five-year term as Composer in Residence at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, UK. A sought after guest conductor, Eric has conducted choral and instrumental concerts around the globe, including sold-out concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to several collaborations with legendary Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer, he has worked with British pop icons Laura Mvula, Imogen Heap and Annie Lennox.
Hila Plitmann is a Grammy award-winning soprano and a glittering jewel on the international music scene, known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, and the ability to perform challenging new works. She regularly premieres works by today’s leading composers while maintaining a vibrant and extraordinarily diverse professional life in film music, musical theatre, and song writing. In constant demand as a singer of new and contemporary music, Hila has been involved in a great many world premieres, including: Paul Revere’s Ride with the Atlanta Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of the composer; Mr. Tambourine Man with the Minnesota Orchestra; Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby, a song cycle written for her by Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis, and many, many more. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Hila received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees, with high honors, from the Juilliard School of Music, and has been awarded the coveted Sony ES Prize for her outstanding contribution to the vocal arts. She currently lives in London with her husband, composer Eric Whitacre, and their son.
Dana Gioia (Gioia is pronounced JOY-uh) is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent. He received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Gioia currently serves as the Poet Laureate of California. Gioia has published five full-length collections of poetry, most recently 99 Poems: New & Selected. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic as well, Gioia’s 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture. In 2014 he won the Aiken-Taylor Award for lifetime achievement in American poetry.
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